The secrets of leadership success: 39 top managers tell {review}

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How to succeed Guide? In “Art piece leadership”, 39 successful managers from both the profit and non-profit sectors tell what is important.

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The principles of top managers

Which principles are important for top managers? And what do you think about their key findings with regard to successful leadership?

An interesting look over the shoulder of the other, inviting comparison, how to make it yourself and give ideas, for new ways to try in leadership.

39 professionals and their secrets of successful leadership

For successful leadership, there is no universal principle that can be translated as a template Company any size could be put down. But there are certain ingredients that make up a palatable recipe in varying proportions by weight.

Consultant Michael Patak and sociologist Ruth Simsa asked 39 managers from profit and nonprofit companies / organizations for their personal ideas, experiences and principles in their joint book “Kunststückführung”.

Leadership knowledge from practice

The fact that the authors are not aiming for crisp quotations from the economic celebrities à la Winterkorn, Zetsche or Fitschen, but to ask the rather unknown top managers (from Germany, Austria, Switzerland), does the book very well.

Here report managers who derive their leadership principles directly from the Daily Business - empirically successful, not from theory.

Paradoxical intervention

Erich Schönleitner, managing director of the grocery retailer Pfeiffer swears by the “paradoxical intervention”, representing the opposite thesis, for example to manage crises (or not to let them arise at all).

Barbara Weber from Amnesty International Austria advocates “easily understandable and short texts” in order to formulate strategic goals and to bring about a common understanding in the team.

Balance between humility and pride

Wolfgang Niessner from the Weiss brothers demands the right balance in courageous management decisions “between humility and arrogance”. Markus Wolgram from the Deutsche Bahn Akademie advises managers to let go more often.

This benefits the team and the manager, who “make their time management less self-exploitative”.

39 essays and 9 reflections

The collection of 39 essays is rounded off by 9 reflections and reviews by psychologists, physicians and philosophers, who comment on the models presented at the end of the book from their perspective.

Short and concise, the book brings together a multitude of different success formulas for good leadership. Above all, young managers can pick out the raisins for their own work from the short essays.

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